Beer # 22: Hopvalley Alpha Centauri Binary IPA
Brewery: Hopvalley Brewing (Springfield, Oregon)
Style: Imperial IPA (India Pale Ale)
Who I drank it with: Buddies at a beer tasting!
Mood: Happy, excited
The Conversation Over Beer: Mostly just about beer, but that is what happens at a beer tasting :). Most of the conversation was all about the online beer world, previous beer releases and up coming releases. Nothing better than a bunch of grown ups acting like a bunch of kids playing with Pokemon cards.
Grading the Beer:
Appearance: Pours a hazy orange-ish brown with a medium sized off white head.
Smell: Semi-sweet arrangement of citrusy (grapefruit) and fruity (pineapple + banana) hops paired with a caramel malt aromas.
Taste: Again, the beer has a semi-sweet quality that makes it pretty darn tasty. Lots of citrus hops up front followed by a bitter piney hop character in the finish. Nice caramel backbone to give it balance.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with a great deal amount of carbonation. Alcohol is nice and warming without a bite.